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day since president bush declared mission accomplished in iraq. and the 134th day of the deepwater horizon disaster in the gulf. i'm keith olbermann. good night and good luck. >>> and now with the news that the koch brothers are going to get money from health care reform after spending lots of money trying to prevent health care reform -- the way the world works -- ladies and gentlemen, here is rachel maddow. >> good evening, keith. i want to apologize for getting carried away and filibustering earlier in response to the speech. i couldn't stop myself from talking. >> i don't recall that at all. >> very good. that means the hook i felt from the other side of the room must have come from someone other than you. >> i'm hook free. >> thank you, keith. really appreciate it. good evening from new york. and good morning, baghdad. it is already tomorrow in iraq, which means that it is the end of america's iraq war, which started there 7 1/2 years ago, for this reason. >> we know that iraq and al qaeda have had high-level contacts that go back a decade. we've learned that iraq has trained
office address on iraq. i'm bret baier in washington. tonight, president obama announces the official end of u.s. combat operations in iraq. after almost seven and a half years since the invasion that toppled saddam hussein. the president is expected to outline where the war goes from here and what lies ahead in afghanistan. coming up right after the speech a special o'reilly factor. here is bill with a preview. bill? >> bill: bret, after the president speaks tonight we have our barack and hard place duo colmes and crowley analyze what he said and the political implications of his remarks. also colonel david hunt and lt. colonel ralph peters on the military situation right now in iraq. is it getting worse? could the terrorists still win? that, plus the usual factor chaos with john stossel, lis wiehl and kimberly guilfoyle coming up when you bret decide to hand it back to me. >> bret: it won't be long. major thoughts on this speech. >> five troops offering veterans assistance for whatever they may need. tough talk about the work in afghanistan. unfinished business in iraq including formati
for badadadadadadadadada. welcome to fox news live coverage of the president's oval office address on iraq. i'm bret baier in washington. tonight, president obama announces the official end of u.s. combat operations in iraq. after almost seven and a half years since the invasion that toppled saddam hussein. the president is expected to outline where the war goes from here and what lies ahead in afghanistan. coming up right after the speech a special o'reilly factor. here is bill with a preview. bill? >> bill: bret, after the president speaks tonight we have our barack and hard place duo colmes and crowley analyze what he said and the political implications of his remarks. also colonel david hunt and lt. colonel ralph peters on the military situation right now in iraq. is it getting worse? could the terrorists still win? that, plus the usual factor chaos with john stossel, lis wiehl and kimberly guilfoyle coming up when you bret decide to hand it back to me. >> bret: it won't be long. major thoughts on this speech. >> five troops offering veterans assistance for whatever they may need. tough talk about the
's oval office address on iraq. i'm bret baier in washington. tonight, president obama announces the official end of u.s. combat operations in iraq. after almost seven and a half years since the invasion that toppled saddam hussein. the president is expected to outline where the war goes from here and what lies ahead in afghanistan. coming up right after the speech a special o'reilly factor. here is bill with a preview. bill? >> bill: bret, after the president speaks tonight we have our barack and hard place duo colmes and crowley analyze what he said and the political implications of his remarks. also colonel david hunt and lt. colonel ralph peters on the military situation right now in iraq. is it getting worse? could the terrorists still win? that, plus the usual factor chaos with john stossel, lis wiehl and kimberly guilfoyle coming up when you bret decide to hand it back to me. >> bret: it won't be long. major thoughts on this speech. >> five troops offering veterans assistance for whatever they may need. tough talk about the work in afghanistan. unfinished business in iraq
and women who have served in our -- and are currently serving in iraq. this day belongs to our froops whose courage and sacrifices have made the transition to a new mission in iraq possible. it is with profound gratitude that we reflect on all that our service members and their families have done and continue to do during a time of peril we also absolute the work of their commanders, general david petraeus. at this moment i can't help but think back to the time when the situation in iraq was grim and the future was bleak. general petraeus embarked on the surge strategy and it was widely viewed as our last chaste chance to save iraq from a spiral toward chaos. the consequences of failure then as now were severe. some leaders who opposed, criticized, and fought tooth and nail to fought the surge strategy now probably claim credit for the results. one leader in the u.s. us -- house of representatives declared the surge was a failure even before it was implemented. one leader in the united states senate said, and i quote, this war is lost, even as additional forces were being mobilized. wup law
for >> tonight i would like to talk to about the end of the combat missions in iraq. we were to talk with the challenges we face a we need to read it on nation here at home. i know this is a short moment comes in a great time of uncertainty for many americans and it has not been nearly a decade of war. it g7vÑwas a long and painful recen and sometimes we face storms. the future we're trying to build, a feature of the everlasting peace and prosperity might be around our reach but is it should serve as a reminder to all americans that the future of our history as we move forward with confidence which also served as a message that the united states of america intends to strengthen the leadership for this young country. seven and one-half years ago president bush announced the beginning of a war in iraq. the war to disarm i stay and fight against uncertainty. terrorists and warfare threaten to tear iraq apart. thousands of americans risked their lives. tens of thousands have been wounded. nations abroad for our strength. even coming home is being tested. these were rough waters after it
years since the war in iraq began. more than 4,000 troops gave their lives on the battle field. america's combat role in that war is over. tom fitzgerald is more on the president's oval office address. tom. >> shawn, the president spoke for 30 minutes, no grand victory and no statements of missioned accomplished. they are leaving iraq more stable but still far from settled. >> i am announcing that the american combat mission in iraq has ended. >> for president obama, iraq was a war he did not start, but a war he vowed to end. >> operation iraqi freedom is over. and the iraqi people now have lead responsibility for the security of their country. >> reporter: the president said the united states has met its goal of standing up a more stable iraq, with the iraqis themselves that will now take the lead. >> this remarkable chapter in the history of the united states and iraq, we have met our responsibilities. now, it's time to turn the page. >> reporter: president obama said he called former president george w. bush before the speech and said their debate over the course of the war mirrored
questions on the economy, iran and iraq, the situation in afghanistan, and other issues. that is scheduled for 11:00 a.m. eastern, and you can see it live here on c-span. saturday marks the ninth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. this weekend, pilots, air traffic controllers, and other aviation officials are gathering at the university of texas at dallas to discuss their experiences from that date. we will hear from the faa official who called for the grounding of all flights and the military pilot who flew under orders to stop all aircraft. we will bring that to you live saturday at 2:00 p.m. eastern here on c-span. >> this weekend on "book tv" commemorating september 11. the pulitzer prize winner for "the looming tower" on the events that led up to 9/11, and the detailed discussion about the collapse, the clip at an excavation, and the manpower it took to achieve it. and huffington says america is losing its position as a political leader and put the blame on corporation. for all of this week in's programs and airtimes, go to booktv.org. >> august 31 marked the end of u.s. combat operatio
of the war in iraq, president obama announcing the end of combat operations. >> the president: so tonight i'm announcing the american combat mission in iraq has ended. operation iraqi freedom is over. and the iraqi people now have lead responsibility for the security of their country. this was my pledge to the american people as a candidate for this office. our combat mission is ending. but our commit element to iraq's future isú" not. -- our commitment to iraq's future is not. going forward a transitional force will remain with a different mission this afternoon i spoke to former president george w. bush. it is well-known that he and i disagreed about the war from its outset yet, no one can doubt president bush's support four -- for our troops and love of country. there were patriots who supported this war and patriots who opposed it. all of us are united in appreciation for our servicemen and women and our hope's for iraq's future. if he >> greta: senator, why did president obama give this speech? >> well, this is a transition moment. combat operations inn%áÑ general the commander in i
. it is already tomorrow in iraq, which means that it is the end of america's iraq war, which started there 7 1/2 years ago for this reason. >> we've learned that iraq has trained members in bomb making and poisons and deadly gases. >> iraq has provided with biological weapons training. >> he's a threat because he's dealing with al qaeda. >> iraq was linked to al qaeda and therefore to 9/11 and therefore we had to invade iraq. none of that was true. so when those rationals stopped passing the smell test, the bush administration decided to sell the american people instead on another justification for invading iraq. >> simply stated, there is no doubt that iran has weapons of mass destruction and that he is planning on using them against our friends, are allies, and against us. >> they are controlled by a murderous tyrant who has already used chemical weapons to kill thousands of people. >> suddam hussein has and used mass destruction weapons against america. that, of course, has turned out to be bull puck key as well. press secretary said this. make no mistake, as i said earlier, we have high co
states. host: dallas, texas. dave on independent line. caller: it seems to me this whole iraq name was one of the most useful -- useless and few till. we were manipulated into this by the oil boys, the weapons industry, neocons who had their own reasons for doing this. i cannot see what we accomplished except -- we have our own financial destruction. and then the tearing apart of our own social fabric. host: when the president talks about turning the page, what does it mean to you? caller: i wish it meant getting out completely but i don't think it does. we will probably head off into another self-destructive that direction. we don't seem to have any clear focus -- not only what is going on but what are part in all of this should be. we tend to use weapons before we use our brains. host: "the wall street journal" highlights the president's speech. they write that -- he gave short shrift to iraq as a democratic ally in the middle east and did not say when or even how our ultimate success in iraq had informed his own decision to surge troops in afghanistan. virginia, the plan, democr
the american people feel has replaced iraq. it is gone. >> and as uncertain as the situation in iraq remains, there is greater uncertainty in afghanistan right now. u.s. officials are deeply worried about the afghan president, hamid karzai. that's it for our special coverage this hour. we'll have a lot more cnn's coverage of the president's historic speech continues right now. >> larry: tonight the u.s. combat mission in iraq is officially over. >> this milestone should serve as a reminder to all americans that the future is ours to share. >> larry: 7 1/2 years of battle, 4,400 american troops among thousands of dead. >> like all americans, i am awed by their sacrifice and by the sacrifices of their families. >> larry: was it worth it? now a change of mission. what happens next? what does it mean for the united states and the world next on "larry king live." in a couple moments we'll check in with david axelrod, senior adviser to the president. he's at the white house. first let's get reaction to the address from those in iraq. cnn pentagon correspondent chris lawrence is at camp victory and
on "nightline," mission accomplished? the president tells the nation tonight that combat operations in iraq are over. but what's actually going to change? we go overseas to talk to soldiers who are staying, and to find out whether iraqi forces are ready. >>> teens double down. they're too young to bet in casinos, but a growing number of teens are making thousands playing poker anyway, online. we go inside the virtual vegas, where the pots are up, and the ages are down. >>> and, collision course? hurricane earl looks to blow through most east coast beaches before the labor day crowds arrive, but the storm could leave chaos behind. we check out what landfall could look like. >> announcer: from the global resources of abc news, with terry moran, cynthia mcfadden and bill weir in new york city, this is "nightline," august 31st, 2010. >>> good evening, i'm terry moran. president obama spoke to the nation about the long war in iraq, and that's where we begin tonight. he said, quote, we have met our responsibilities. now, it's time to turn the page. the president declared an end to combat operatio
tomorrow night. >> larry: tonight the u.s. combat mission in iraq is officially over. >> this milestone should serve as a reminder to all americans that the future is ours to share. >> larry: 7 1/2 years of battle, 4,400 american troops among thousands of dead. >> like all americans, i am awed by their sacrifice and by the sacrifices of their families. >> larry: was it worth it? now a change of mission. what happens next? what does it mean for the united states and the world next on "larry king live." in a couple moments we'll check in with david axelrod, senior adviser to the president. he's at the white house. first let's get reaction to the address from those in iraq. cnn pentagon correspondent chris lawrence is at camp victory and cnn's arwa damon who is in baghdad. chris, 50,000 troops are still there. what is their role? >> reporter: larry, they are going to be officially called advise and assist troops. they've already started to pretty much transition in a that role for some time. it basically means the roles have flip-flopped so whereas before u.s. troops would roll out of the
islands. fema's warning people to prepare for the worst. >>> the war in iraq, at least combat operations, are over. the pentagon is launching "operation new dawn" day keeping 50,000 troops there to help iraq's military. the vice president and defense secretary are in iraq right now to see military control change hands. from baghdad to d.c., our cnn team has every angle covered for you this morning. >>> also a surprise rise in how shoppers may be feeling about the economy. there are new numbers revealing consumer confidence is up. does this mean that better economic times could be ahead? we'll break it down for you. >>> of course, the "a.m. fix" blog is up and running. join the live conversation right now. all you have to do go to cnn.com/amfix. >>> we're following breaking news from the political world this morning. what could be called one of the biggest upsets of the year. overnight two-term alaska republican senator lisa murkowski conceded the republican primary to tea party flafrt joe miller. he was ahead by more than 1,600 votes after the counting of additional ballots. miller many
in the water. >> it is time to turn the page on iraq. >> the president said it was time to shift resources to prairies' here at home. kate amara has more on that. >> robert gates is in iraq this morning, meeting with troops. the president declared the war in iraq is over. after seven years and more than 4400 u.s. service members killed, president obama declared an end to u.s. combat operations in iraq. >> it is time to turn the page. >> the president said america remains committed to an independent and stable iraq. >> a transitional force will remain in iraq. >> republicans claimed success grew out of the troop surge strategy. >> i want to thank president obama for setting aside his past political rhetoric and recognizing the importance of the surge. >> the war in afghanistan and the fight against terrorism continue. >> we will turn ft al qaeda. >> he linked the war in iraq to the u.s. economy. >> put the millions of americans who have lost their job back to work. >> the 50,000 american troops that remain in iraq have to be out by 2011. live in washington, kate amara, wbal-tv 11 news. >> d
operations in iraq. >> we have met our responsibilities. now it's time to turn the page. is. >> smith: also tonight, hurrican earl, a hurricane watch goes up in north carolina after the powerful and dangerous storm shows what it can do in the caribbean. and families reunited. a joyous homecoming for soldiers back from war. captioning sponsored by cbs from cbs news world headquarters in new york, this is the "cbs evening news" with katie couric. >> smith: and this is a special western edition. good evening, katie is off tonight. after seven and a half years of war, u.s. combat operations in iraq have come to an end and president obama went on national television tonight to make the announcement. since the 2003 invasion to oust saddam hussein, more than 4,400 americans have died. more than 34,000 have been wounded. price tag: $744 billion and counting. and in a cbs news poll, more than seven in ten americans told us the war was not worth it. in an address from the oval office tonight, the president talked about america's changing mission in iraq. senior white house correspondent bill plante h
for this office, our combat mission is ending. but our commitment to iraq's future is not. going forward, a transitional force of u.s. troops will remain in iraq with a different mission. this afternoon, i spoke to former president george w. bush. it's well known that he and i disagreed about the war. and no one can doubt president bush's support support for our troops or his love of country and commitment to our security. he has supported this war and patriots who have opposed it. and all of us are united in appreciation for our servicemen and -women and our hopes for iraqi's future. >> senator graham is here from south carolina. good evening, senator. why did president obama give this speech? >> i guess the president is trying to let the american people know that, you know, combat operations are over and that's something that we have been hoping for for a very long time. i knowledge it's a missed opportunity by the president, quite frankly, to lay the cards out on the table and acknowledge not only did he and the president have differences, but president bush made adjustments in 2007 t
's the central question going to war with iraq that should have been asked and answered. thanks for being with us. right now keith olbermann picks up our coverage adds we await president obama's address. >>> good evening from new york. president barack obama will address the nation a little more than a minute from now. it is time, he will say, to turn the page. turn the page, he will say, in an unusual twist. in a speech about the end of the combat mission in iraq, to focus on jobs at home. it was september 11th, 2001, that defense secretary donald rumsfeld, according to former bush adviser, richard clark, said afghanistan didn't have enough targets to bomb. iraq has lots of good targets. on october 31st, 2003, according to an official british account of their meeting, president bush said he was considering flying a plane to draw fire, providing a rationale to invade, even if inspectors found no evidence of wmd. on march 19th, the united states invaded iraq. the war would drag on for seven more years, more than 1 million americans serving there, 4427 never saw home again. 100,000 iraqis at least
miller or take questions from the media. miller, a yale law school grad and iraq war vet thanked palin and the tea party and beliefs the republican party will come together in november. >> i think we are going forward in a unified way. it's my understanding that they endorsed yesterday. >> joe miller is going to need republican party unity. he is by no means a shoo-in against the democrat scott mcadams in the general election race. but for now, at least the tea party can celebrate a sweet and surprising victory. bret? >> bret: dan springer live in anchorage tonight. thank you. that brings us to our featured text to vote poll tonight. here is the question. why do you think joe miller won? you can text your answer to 36288. type sr1 for anti-washington sentiment. sr2 for his platform. sr3 for sarah palin's endorsement. or sr4 for the tea party support. we'll bring you results at the end of the show. but first, and up next, an exclusive interview with secretary of defense robert gates. welcome to progressive. nice calculator. i'm just trying to save money on my car insurance. you know, wi
, president obama declares the combat mission over in iraq. the real question, though, what his direction will be going forward in iraq, afghanistan, of course, here at home. did we get any answers tonight? we'll talk about that with david gerg gergen, peter gergen, farese zakaria, and a lot more. >>> also, growing fear and opposition to a mosque in the buck of the bible belt, growing fears within the mosque. worshippers now afraid of their neighbors in some cases, and the fear is growing. local muslims getting police protection after an apparent arson attack. we'll ask a leading opponent of the moving why she thinks her neighbors have been practicing islam for decades should not build a new place of worship. >>> a late update on earl, still a category 4 monster, heading for the east coast. we could know more about it, when and where it's going to hit, and we'll bring that to you first. >>> keeping them honest. efforts to stop a mosque, not talking about the proposed mosque in islamic center two blocks from ground zero here in new york, but a mosque in murfreesboro, tennessee. muslims in
to make enormous sacrifices in iraq and spent vast e sources abroad at a time of tight budgets at home. we perseveres because of a belief we share with the iraqi people, a belief out of the ashes of war, a new beginning could be born in this cradle of civilization. through this remarkable chapter and the history of the united states and iraq, we have met our responsibilities. now, it's time to turn the page. >> welcome to "morning joe." time to turn the page. that's the headline this morning. i'm willie geist. joe and mika have the day off today. >> what? >> that means i got to sit next to this meathead, mike barnicle. >> what? >> luckily, we have cut the barnicle with some chris jansing and mr. dan senor is with us and margaret carlson, bloomberg news political columnist and washington editor of the week, good to have you with us. >> good to be with you. >> dan, you were in iraq within weeks of the invasion. >> vi day as you said to me earlier. i was underwhelmed by the speech. i thought it was lacking any context about where we go from here. i think the elephant in the room for many iraq
on the headstone. it gave his awards. the purple heart, the bronze star, it showed he died in iraq. he was only 20 years old. and then at the top of the headstone, it did not have a cross. it did not have the star of david. it had the crescents and the start islam. kareem. k wawas he was 14 years old when 9/11 happened and could not wait until he was old enough to serve his country. he gave the ultimate sacrifice, his life. the photo came out around the time that a controversy had broken out over president obama's faith, an issue that has still not gone away until today. he is a christian. , colin powell said. he has always been a christian. but the really right question is, so what if he were a muslim? is there something wrong with being a muslim in this country? our answer as a nation then and now is no. there is nothing wrong with being a muslim in america. our answer as a nation then and now is there is everything right with being an american muslim. i pray to the almighty god, creator of us all, to bless you, to bless america, to bless all nations on earth, and to bless all of those who are c
'll be talking more about the situation in iraq later on in the program. for now, let's go to baton rouge, louisiana, where joan is a democratic caller. hi, joan. caller: hi. how are you? host: fine, thank you. go right ahead. caller: i would like for him to explain to me, how can anyone call a tax drop? in other words, it was voted on for 10 years. then it was supposed to expire. how can you call that a tax increase? there is a business that says they're going to give you 12 months of interest-free, it on the interest-free credit for using their business of purchasing something. if you don't pay that out at the end of 12 months, then you have interest added. how can -- would you call that an interest increase when they've already told you from the beginning? guest: that's an interesting way of looking at it. i think anybody who would see that would describe it as a tax increase. even if they knew it was coming, it was still increasing. there are others who make the opposite argument and say, if you then continue what is the current law, should you describe that as a tax cut. that's fair
♪ >> tonight, i am announcing that the american combat mission in iraq has handed them up this week, is the war in iraq really over? was the sacrifice worth it? >> help the always in the balance over time i think remains to be seen. >> alaska senator lisa murkowski throws in the taliban i do not see a scenario where the primary will turn out in my favor. >> talk about another win for sarah palin and tea party. >> a lasting peace would be achieved only if mutual and painful concessions from both sides. >> mideast peace talks, will president obama said state where others before them have failed? as we celebrate labor day weekend with hurricane earl, storm clouds are gathering for the return of congress to washington. ♪ >> president obama spoke to the nation from the oval office this week nearly 7.5 years after the united states invaded iraq. the american combat mission is ended he said and he kept his promise to the american people. >> this was my pleasure to the american people as a candidate for this office. last february, i announced a plan that would bring our combat brigade out
and iraq, we have met our responsibilities. now it is time to turn a page. >> seven years later, president obama nicolaus the iraq war over. good morning, washington. thanks for joining us on this wednesday morning. i am alison starling. >> i am pamela brown. thanks for joining us on this first day of september. we begin with traffic and weather every ten minutes. first, meteorologist adam caskey. >> high temperatures still. tomorrow we will try for the second most 90-degree days in a given year. today is still hot. 68 in frederick. 70 and culpeper. herndon, 69. total sunshine again today. it will feel like the past couple days, 95 degrees. the inequality is down a notch to code orange for this afternoon. sunny and hot again tomorrow, a few degrees cooler, low 90's. -now to lisa baden. >>> the construction on the hot lanes project is complete for the morning. if everything is open between the american legion bridge and the springfield exit. looks good on 66 and 95 in virginia. 95 maryland, lingering goldwork, but it will not get anything to your travel. leaving the beltway and southbound i
the national anthem of iraq and united states. ♪ ["star spangled banner" plays] >> let us pray. lord god, merciful and monday, bringing justice and righteousness to all people, may your divine presence be with us. we give you thanks for the strength, wisdom, and the --dition of general odierno - dedication of general odierno, and ask you to be with them. by connecting all operations with dignity and respect, diligence, and dewey did we pray that you encourage general austin as he takes up the mantle of leading operations in operation at new dawn. we remember before you all of those who are of a fallen as a result of this conflict, u.s. and coalition forces, iraqi military and police, and innocent civilians. let our remembrance of these motivate us to work more diligently to see a true sunrise of hope for this country. amen. >> ladies and the moment, please be seated. -- ladies and gentlemen, please be seated. it is my distinct pleasure to introduce the u.s. ambassador to iraq, ambassador jim jeffry. >> mr. vice president, mr. prime minister, honorable ministers, mr. secretary, ambassador
and politico. ♪ >> tonight, i am announcing that the american combat mission in iraq has handed them up this week, is the war in iraq really over? was the sacrifice worth it? >> palle always and the balance over time i think remains to be seen. >> alaska senator lisa marie caskey throws in the towel. >> i don't see a scenario where the primary will turn out in my favor of them atop another win for sarah palin and tea party. >> lasting peace will only be achieved with mutual and painful concessions from both sides. >> mideast peace talks -- will president obama succeed where others before him have failed? hurricane earl is happening and storm clouds return for congress in washington. ♪ >> president obama spoke to be a nation from the oval office this week seven years after the united states invaded iraq. he said the american combat mission has ended and he has kept his promise to the american people. >> this was my pleasure to the american people as a candidate for this office. last february, i announced a plan that would bring our combat brigades out of iraq by redoubling our efforts
of the iraq war last night with a prime-time address from the oval office, but numerous questions remain tonight about the american long term commitment, so first of tonight, a conversation with john burns, a former baghdad chief for "the new york times." also with us tonight, laura lippman, with her new novel "i'd know you anywhere." john burns and author laura lippman. >> all i know is his name is james, and he needs extra help with his reading. >> i am james. >> yes. >> to everyone making a difference, you help us all live better. >> nationwide insurance supports tavis smiley. with every question and every answer, nationwide insurance is proud to join tavis smiley in working to improve financial literacy and remove obstacles to economic empowerment, one conversation at a time. nationwide is on your side. >> and by contributions to your pbs station from viewers like you. thank you. [captioning made possible by kcet public television] >> ending this war is not in the interest of iraq. it is in our own. the united states has paid a huge price to put the future of iraq in the hands of its
, "bbc world news." >> time to turn the page, president obama marks an end to combat missions in iraq. >> because of our troops and civilians and the iraqi people, iraq has the opportunity to embrace a new destiny. >> four israelis are killed in the west bank. on route from the caribbean, the east coast braces itself for the arrival of hurricane earl. this is "bbc world news." president obama has told the american people is time to turn the page and concentrate on rebuilding the u.s. economy. the president said the u.s. paid a huge price in order to give iraq a new beginning. now it has to look to its own future. >> tonight i am announcing the american combat mission in iraq has ended. operation of iraqi freedom is over. the iraqi people have responsibility for the security of their country. >> it took 15 minutes for president obama to put an end to a conflict that lasted seven years. an end of sorts. that accounts for his subdued tone tonight. >> violence will not end with our combat mission. extremists will continue to attack iraqi civilians and spark strife. >> obama was determined
a convenient scapegoat. a lot of people supported the iraq war, it wasn't just him, it wasn't his silk-tongued rhetoric which dragged us into it. a lot of people thought it was a good idea and yet now conveniently within britain and many other countries it's blamed on this george bush and his cleverred-tonged mood until tony blair. think think he wants to say, no i was a bigger figure than that. >> rose: also from london, an old friend of this program, john burns now the london bureau chief of the "new york times". >> we were perhaps transfixed by the relief would come to iraq with the overthrowing of saddam and yes maybe we should have spent more time difficult as it would have been under saddam to look at the trauma, the psychological trauma inflicted on iraq by the ba'ath party and saddam over a period of 30 years. all of that it can accept. if i had to do it over again i would have looked at that because it was the fractured pitch thatter that society in part along with saddam terror overground as government going underground as an insurgency that made the american venture in iraq
. new rules on child sex abuse, and the u.s. formally ends operations in iraq. chancellor angela merkel fears east german braverynd th country's unification set an example for the world, marking the moment that the treaty was signed two decades ago, she praised the role of civil rights activists and those who escaped the regime. the german leader grew up in the east and says it is now germany's responsibility to fight globally for freedom. >> the original unification treaty was presented to today's chancellor to commemorate its signing in the same room 20 years ago. angela merkel, who grow up in east germany, was joined ere byany politicns iolved in the deal. the interior met -- for the then interim minister, signing the treaty was the high point of his career. >> we left the room together for a moment, and then we simply cried because we were moved, exhausted, and overjoyed. >> it took just 23 minutes to end four decades of communist east german rule. unification had previously been approved by east germany's parliament. chancellor merkel was present at the proedings 20 years ago. she
are tearing through the atlantic. >> president obama announcing the end of the combat mission in iraq saying it's time to turn the page. >> i spoke to former president george w. bush. it's well known that he and i disagreed from the war from the output. >> after a short salute to president bush, he moves on to the economy. what's the real message here? we'll break it down. >> results are in for alaska's republican primary. finally it was the party favorite vs. the palin-backed tea party candidate. who won? we'll tell you who the official winner was and who gave the concession speech. "fox & friends" meanwhile starts right now. >> all right. it's september 1st, a little earth, wind and fire. >> right. >> and we could be getting all three this weekend up and down the east coast. >> let's hope not. there's a variety of reasons why. most importantly, safety for all the people up and down the east coast. eric in for steve doocy. >> thank you. good to be here. >> money rocks guy here. >> that's right. that's right. >> so good to see you in person and you go through a tough transition in your ca
at an airbase west of baghdad. he flew to iraq from milwaukee, widow of the american legion that many of iraq posed problems are still unsolved. secretary gates arrived hours after president obama's said the u.s. combat mission in iraq is over. >> operation iraqi freedom is over. the iraqi people have lead responsibility for the security of their country. >> the president said the u.s. commitment to a stable and self- reliant iraq will continue. all combat troops have left iraq after more than seven years on the ground. 50,000 service members will stay to help train iraqi security forces. >> some >who fought -- some leaders who fought to stop the troop surge are probably now taking credit for the results. >> republicans say the u.s. success in iraq is not because of president obama but in spite of him. >>> five minutes after the hour. we look at this day ahead. president obama is opening a new round of mideast peacemaking, bringing israeli and palestinian leaders together for talks in washington. a long and complicated timeline. >> for the first time in nearly two years, the israelis and pa
in iraq. >> operation iraqi freedom is over. the iraqi people now have lead responsibility for the security of their country. >> meanwhile, the right misses steer yously equates leaving iraq with winning in iraq. for once, congressman mike pence wants credit to be given to a predecessor who refused to accept defeat. you mean in 2007? poll acts. the generic congressional vote poll swing wildly again. now it's gop plus ten. claws unveil in alaska. the miller retract after he said this about korkowski. >> we're following a complaint where that happened. we're keeping a close eye on the process. >>> a fundamentalist difference. wanting to build a prayer building two blocks from ground zero. it's a far right church. >> we don't need another protest. what we need is a bold, physical response. that response is the 9/11 christian center at ground zero. >>> worst, get out your pitch forks. they literally arrested frankenstein. >> how did the scar get there? they stopped building it in the civil war. >> correct. if the civil war started in 1858, then ended in 1879, all of the news an
and the the combat missions in iraq, saying it was time to sort out challenges at home. tough words on how the cost of war hurt the american economy. >> we spent $1 trillion on by bg overseas, shortchanging investment in our own people and contributing to record deficits. >> the sweet taste election victory, the journey of tony blair, including the bitter memories. >> whether i regret the decision, you cannot, you have to take responsibility but you cannot regret the decision. >> the breakdown of palestinian leaders threatened by the murder of israeli settlers. hello, welcome to "gmt." years ago, when george bush invaded iraq, he said it would unlocked the middle east peace process. now it is up to barack obama, the man that opposed that war, to prove the point. he declared an end to combat operations in iraq and tomorrow, thursday, he will oversee direct talks between israelis and palestinians for the first time in years. laura? >> barack obama campaign to end what he called a rash more back in 2002, even before it started. last night, 7.5 years from the same tack, barack obama said that combat op
iraq. u.s. policy, that is. we will now hear remarks from the national security adviser to vice president biden and a director for the national endowment of democracy. this started about five minutes ago. >> we are watching television at night and you might come away with the impression that not much has changed, that iraq continues to be more of the same. suicide bombings and attacks. to be sure, extremist groups continue extremist attacks. iraq remains a dangerous place. our civilians, diplomats, and troops remain in danger. the facts are these, the number of weekly or monthly security incidents in iraq are at the lowest level since 2003. there has been a dramatic decline since the dark days of 2006 and 2007. two quick examples, the week that ended september 3, last week, the total nationwide tax decrease from 136 to 102, below the average of 111. during the darkest days of the insurgency in 2007, their work 1800 attacks in june and for a few years the average number of weekly attacks was 1400. if you are a victim of one of those attacks, that might not be much solace, but the
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